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a person skilled in an applied art; a craftsperson.
a person or company that makes a high-quality or distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand or using traditional methods:
our favorite local food artisans.
pertaining to an artisan or the product of an artisan; artisanal:
artisan beer.
Historical Examples

In the center of the table was a lovely silver bowl of old Mexican artisanship, filled with unfamiliar, theatrical-looking fruits.
Diplomatic Days Edith O’Shaughnessy

Like Minitree and Walker, Bromley represented the highest caliber of artisanship in the colony.
The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia C. Malcolm Watkins

Men settled down to farming, to artisanship, to merchandising, and their wounds were healed.
The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough

a skilled workman; craftsman
(obsolete) an artist

See artisanry

1530s, from Italian artesano, from Vulgar Latin artitianus, from Latin artitus, past participle of artire “to instruct in the arts,” from ars (genitive artis) “art” (see art (n.)). Barnhart reports Middle French artisan, often listed as the direct source of the English word, is attested too late to be so.

1859, from artisan (n.).


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